reviews Kick Ass Selected Columns of Carl Hiaasen By Carl Hiaasen University Press of Florida, 1 999 447 pp. Cloth $24.95 Reviewed by David ZuccMlK», Projects Editor for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pulitzer Prize winner, and author ofMyth ofthe Welfare Queen, an account of the lives of inner city welfare mothers, published by Scribner, 1997. Carl Hiaasen is blessed with what the military calls a "target-rich environment." He has the good fortune to patrol South Florida, home to venal politicians, craven public servants, horny cops, rapacious sports team owners, profligate sugar barons and all manner of spectator sports involving carnivorous animals. For a newspaper columnist, this is open season --with no limits. Hiaasen opens fire, and he is pitiless. He savages the men and institutions he believes are turning his beloved Miami and South Florida into a crass, violent, drug-soaked strip mall. The region's unfortunate evolution has not always been kind to its residents, but it has proved unfailingly bountiful for a sharp-shooting columnist hunting easy prey. Many readers know Hiaasen as a best-selling novelist, author of such works as Strip Tease, Native Tongue, and Stormy Weather. But he is first and foremost a newspaper columnist. From his post
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 4, 2000
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